C147 Navaja

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The C147 Navaja by Ed Schempp was introduced in early 2011 and is part of Spyderco's ethnic series.

Appearance in catalogs

The C147 Navaja appears in the following Spyderco catalogs:


Ed Schempp

Ed Schempp Makers mark

History, mentionings etc. from the forums

  • Some thoughts on the Navaja [1] by Ed Schempp.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

Unique to the Navaja is the Carraca or ratcheting sound it produces when the blade opens and closes. Carraca ratcheting generates a reaction similar to the sound of chambering a round in a firearm, distinctively announcing the knife’s presence and has been attributed to deterring a criminal or criminal behavior.

American Knifemaker Ed Schempp built a reputation on comingling Ethnic cutlery with the modern folder. His Spyderco Navaja collaboration incorporates the mystique of the Carraca with a traditional-shaped handle made with textured carbon fiber and stainless steel bolsters. The blade is Crucible Steel CPM-S30V with the customary Navaja concave blade shape.

Inside the handle is a Michael Walker LinerLock with a textured liner. Outside the handle is an hourglass pocket clip with four-way compatible positioning, enabling the knife to be carried and drawn from the pocket tip-up/tip-down and/or left/right handed. The Spyderco Navaja showcases a form of historical and cultural cutlery made using modern materials and design engineering. The C147 Navaja by Ed Schempp in Spyderco's online catalog


The C147 is made in Taichung, Taiwan and has

SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C147CF Twill Carbon Fiber and SS Bolsters PE CPM-S30V 2011-2014 249.95$ (2011) Some of the early run had a problem with the Carraca spring breaking N/A Full Flat Dark Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Main

Most collectible variation

Questions regarding collecting the C147

Some interesting questions we are looking for an answer to:

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Technical information

Measurements of the C147 Navaja

Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
219mm 121mm 98mm 80mm 13mm 3mm 145g
8 5/84" 4 3/4" 3 7/8" 3 5/32" 1/2" 1/8" 5.1oz


Spyderco Designer's Insight Series video interview with Ed Schempp on the design of the Navaja.


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